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How to Hit a Backhand Smash

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In this video you will learn how to hit a backhand smash.

Do take a look at the forehand smash video.

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In this video, you will learn how to hit a backhand overhead smash.

It is hit high and deep into the opponent's court when they are at the net

The lob can be used as a defensive or an offensive stroke

The three key steps are the preparation, the shot and the follow through

Step 1

The preparation

Use a continental grip

Hit an attacking shot and run up to the net

Be in the ready position, expecting a passing shot or a lob

Do a split step just before the opponent strikes the ball

When you see a lob coming your way, turn on the bakchnad side and do a couple of cross-over steps to get just a little behind the ball

Raise the racket behind and keep holding it with the non racket hand

Flex the knees as you load and get ready to smash

Step 2

The Shot

Drop the racket head behind so that the butt cap points to the ball

Unload, stretch up and swing the racket upward towards the ball

Snap the wrist and hit the ball

The contact should happen behind the ball

There should be a pull-back action in your backhand smash

You could turn your back to the opponent and take the racket leg off the ground to help you reach the ball

The general tendency would be to hit the ball cross-court

The contact happens behind and a little to the outer side of the ball

If you would like to hit down the line, the snap should be a little more exaggerated and slightly outward

The contact should be behind and on the upper half of the ball

The follow through

The backhand smash doesn't have much of a follow through

Be careful not to snap your wrist vigorously as you could hurt yourself

Land on both legs if you had to jump and get back to the ready position

Ask your friend to feed you lobs and practice your backhand smash

Enjoy your game


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